If you can’t work because of bad health, and you’re worried about money, hiring a lawyer might seem out of reach.
You need to know this: In Social Security disability cases, you don’t pay an attorney fee unless you win. The fee you eventually pay comes from the back benefits Social Security awards you.
Strictly speaking, you’re not required to get a lawyer to apply for disability benefits. But why take chances trying to win benefits on your own?
You have a lot at stake. Monthly checks from Social Security can be just what you need to pay your bills and hold on to your independence and dignity.
But winning benefits is hard. Most people get turned down. Social Security has thousands of rules for disability benefits.
If you work with a lawyer, they can take the stress out of navigating the Social Security system — and build a stronger case for you.
At the Penar Law, it also costs you nothing to talk to us about your situation.
As you apply or appeal for disability benefits, a lawyer takes care of all this and more:
If you get denied and need to appeal, you face a complex appeals process with several steps, possibly leading all the way up to a lawsuit in federal court.
This is a lot to handle on your own. Instead of risking your benefits, hire an experienced attorney who will put you in the best possible position to win.
Non-attorney advocates can represent you in Social Security Disability claims.
This might seem like an appealing middle ground between going it alone and hiring an attorney, but there are major differences between an attorney and a non-attorney advocate — and their fees are the same under Social Security rules.
These are four major differences:
An attorney must earn a bachelor’s degree and a law degree, and pass the bar exam. In the process, an attorney gets training in the rules of evidence, administrative law like Social Security cases, complex legal matters, cross-examination, and writing legal briefs and other documents.
A non-attorney advocate, on the other hand, is only required to have a bachelor’s degree and pass a written exam administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
There’s no guarantee they have training in evidence, administrative law, complex legal matters, cross-examination, or legal writing.
Attorneys are bound by rules of professional conduct and ethics, which require them to represent clients to the best of their abilities. Attorneys must follow the strictest standards, such as maintaining client confidentiality.
Non-attorney advocates are not bound by the same rules of professional conduct and ethics.
If your attorney fails to act in your best interests or provide sufficient representation, you can file a complaint with the state bar association.
If a non-attorney advocate fails to serve you well, there is no equivalent recourse.
If your claim is denied initially, an attorney can appeal the claim all the way to federal district court.
A non-attorney advocate cannot represent you outside proceedings within the SSA. If you need to file a lawsuit in federal court, you’ll either have to represent yourself or find an attorney who has not dealt with your claim until that point.
The disability rules can change depending on your age, education, training, and work experience. At Penar Law, we examine all aspects of your case and determine the best course of action for you.
A lawyer with experience can make or break your disability claim.
To review your case with an experienced attorney, contact Penar Law right away.
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I highly recommend Them if you're in need of a disability lawyer.Eric Penar did a amazing job helping me win my disability case.i cant thank him enough for winning my difficult case.a real professional and great guy.
I was so glad to have this team in my corner! They treated me with such kindness and made a stressful process manageable. I was well prepared for my hearing and I know I can call with questions in the future as well. I highly recommend this team! Thank you Eric, Nick and Precious especially, for all your expertise, work, and kind professionalism!!! So grateful for the win! A great weight is lifted!
Eric Penar and his staff are amazing! Eric, Nick, Amy, and Precious all worked with me in a very timely and professional manner to get a great outcome for disability benefits. Can't recommend Penar Law enough for their great work!
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Amy and Precious go above and beyond the call of duty! They are the most caring ladies! Professional and kind! Went way out of their way to help me with a personal matter even years after my case was won! Yes Gary Penar won my case and then came back and saved my tail again! Nick was my contact person and he was incredibly kind! My story is a dark one and I have SSDI because of PTSD. The staff was very patient with me and worked hard to win my case! Thank You Amy! your Kindness will never be forgotten!!!
The legal team here at Gary Penar law office provided exceptional help getting my husband's Social Security claim complete. From beginning to end they are an amazing office. I will recommend them to friends and family.
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Gary and Eric are top-notch attorneys for Social Security Disability and all their assistants are well trained and knowledgeable. This is undeniably one of the best firm's in Spokane. Highly recommend!